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tomorrow on "starting point" john hustis is back to report on the reaction for what lance armstrong tells oprah winfrey. cnn newsroom" begins right now. >> sorry, soledad, good morning to you and hello everyone! stories we're watching, i was having an interesting conversation with my executive producer. a ferocious football player bruised and battered by the shocking revelation the dying girlfriend he publicly mourned never existing. cheating, businessmen, sports stars, celebrities even your own kids may be doing it. sure people get caught like tiger woods. >> i was unfaithful. i had affairs. i cheated. >> but will we ever learn our lesson? today we're looking at why we
cheat. behaving like a king, that's how senator rand paul described president obama who signed 19 executive actions on gun control. we'll tell you what else paul is saying, plus this. it's going to be like that, huh? ahh, someone wants to play. >> just trying to keep one the old guy, you snow. >> dude, is that your real hair? >> rory and tiger joking on the set but the joke is on you. they weren't even together for this new nike ad. "newsroom" starts now. good morning, thank you so much for being with us. i'm carol costello. we begin with a bit of breaking news, lance armstrong takes another hit as the international olympic committee strips him of his bronze medal. he took third place in the men's road cycle individual time trial at the 2000 olympics in sidney, australia. the ioc is asking armstrong to return the medal. the disgraced cyclist competed
in the 1996 games in atlanta. the doping scandal that now surrounds armstrong could bring down the sport of cycling in olympic games. cycling may be pulled from the games if the scandal implicating top cycling officials inside the international cycling union, the sports' governing body. more on armstrong's latest trouble in a live report from austin, texas. to another developing story this morning in north africa, in algeria, where the fate of several americans remains unknown. they were taken hostage yesterday during an attack by islamic militants. happened at a gas field owned partly by bp. two people have been killed, and there are reports this morning that some of those hostages have escaped. defense secretary leanne pa net leon panetta not mincing words. >> by all indication this is is a terrorist act and the united states strongly condemns these
kinds of terrorist acts. it is a very serious matter when americans are taken hostage along with others. >> cnn's dan rivers is in london. dan, there are so many different stories going around that the compound was attacked by the algerian military, that some of the hostages escaped, including one american. what are you hearing? >> well, i'm afraid it is a very confusing picture. the latest line we have from the british foreign office here in london confirming that the algerians have told them that there is an ongoing operation at this gas field suggesting that perhaps some sort of effort to go in. we know from the ministry of information in algeria they surrounded the terrorists with the hostages at the gas field, the troops were there. this sounds like they have gone in. there were widespread reports that helicopters were being used to attack the terrorist
positions. now, the algerian foreign minister is clear on that saying the use of helicopters is wrong, it's a fantasy was their quote on that. in terms of the number of people that are being held hostage, we don't really have a clear idea, i'm afraid. the initial reports from the ministry of information in algeria were that about 20, not more than 20 people were ambushed on their way to the airport. they went back to the gas field plant, they were taken hostage by these terrorists who then holed up in part of the plant. they were then surrounded by algerian forces. there have been numerous conflicting reports that some of the hostages had escaped, some of the algerians held in there escaped, some have been killed. we've got no clarity at all, no official confirmation from any of the governments involved as to the exact number of people being held more how many are still being held still hostage and whether any of them have definitely been killed as part
of this operation. >> we'll let you get back to it, hopefully you can bring us more information later in "the newsroom." dan rivers reporting live. there are new questions about notre dame football star manti te'o and the girlfriend who was nothing more than an internet fabrication. who is the real victim of this hoax? is it te'o, one of the best college football players in the country or the nation's sports fans who feel duped by the tearful stories of her death. >> i cried, i yelled, i never felt that way before. this is six hours ago i just found out my grandma passed away and you take, you know, the love of my life. last thing she said to me was "i love you," and that was it. >> cnn's ted rowlands is peeling back the layers of this bizarre and rifting story. we are reporting we'll hear from
te'o himself today. what have you heard? >> reporter: folks here at notre dame expect him to speak sometime over the next few days. we've talked to or reached out to his agents and nothing specific as to when or where some sort of media availability will take place or what it will be. will it be just one interview with somebody or will it be an actual press conference, we don't know. bottom line, there are a lot of questions, carol, this morning, on this story. we know one thing, the university of notre dame is absolutely standing by their star football player. university of note recamenotre athletic director is convinced te'o was the victim of an elaborate hoax. >> the thing i am most sad of, sad about is -- sorry -- that
the single most trusting human being we ever met we'll never be able to trust again in his life. >> reporter: enduring the death of his girlfriend and grandmother on the same day transcended sports. people around the world were touched by how in love te'o seemed to be with lennay kaekua the girl he called his soul mate. >> i cried, i yelled, i never felt that way before. this is six hours ago i just found out my grandma passed away and you take, you know, the love of my life. >> reporter: on the day of his girlfriend's supposed funeral, te'o played football, after the game, notre dame's football coach, brian kelly awarded the game ball to the girl we now know doesn't exist. >> i want to award this game ball to lennay, and i'd like man
t ma manti to have the ball to take back to hawaii. >> reporter: notre dame kept the truth under facts despite the fact the media was still telling the story leading up to the national championship game. >> from the outset we established a parameter that was manti's story to tell. we wanted to know at the appropriate time when it would be told but that it was his to tell. >> many people, including one of the reporters that broke the hoax story doesn't think te'o's story adds up. >> te'o's story he's completely innocent in this doesn't shake through with us. >> reporter: what still isn't clear is why didn't manti te'o ever mention he'd never actually met lennay when talking about how much he loved her? how did the story about how they first met at a football game start, and if it wasn't true, why didn't he correct it, and how could he have been so in love with someone he'd never actually met face to face?
>> i think as manti tells his story you'll see the same thing i saw, that it does fully line up. >> reporter: and manti te'o released a statement. in the statement he says the relationship that he had with this girl was completely online, and over the phone, and he says that he is the victim of a sick joke. carol? >> unbelievable story, ted rowlands reporting live for thus morning. no matter what you believe or who you don't, the case underscores an ugly truth. people you meet online are often not who they claim to be. "catfishing" when someone is duped online in this instance the catfish victim was a man who thought he was in an online romance with a beautiful woman his age. >> how long have you been calling each other babe? >> two weeks maybe. >> i'm good. last night we had a great talk,
talks about a chicken makes an egg every day. meghan, i take to you my room and draw you off touching every inch of you. ha, ha, ha! >> well, if you've seen the documentary you know what we're talking about and the ending that pretty young lady was the creation of a he wibeleaguered housewife seeking escape from her mundane life. she didn't exist. deep reardon in hawaii, welcome. >> aloha. >> aloha. i'm just curious, how does te'o's home state feel about this controversy? >> well, a lot of people here want to give him the benefit of the doubt because this guy has a really good track record of being a good guy, great role model and this is a football crazy state here and he has, he
may be the best football player to ever come out of this state, and that kind of shades people's thinking sometimes, because like i said, football is really big here. >> you know there's a lot of conspiracy theories going on around about him today in the sports world at large i might understand. this theory from espn's mike greenburg from "mike&mike in the morning." >> he may have done it in order to get the sympathy vote for the heisman but you and i as adults realize the risk greatly outweighs even that reward. >> so are people in hawaii thinking that way, do they think that's possible in light of what you've told me? >> i this i that some people want to believe the best for this guy, but you know, we're not dummies. so it is pretty hard to swallow that a guy went to the same high
school barack obama did and heisman trophy, and played for notre dame, he's for lack of a better term our guy here. >> do you think sports writers across the nation were duped by him, by his friendly, lovely persona? >> i think that's part of it, and i think that people just really fell in love with the story because it was notre dame, he's different, he's one of the few polynesians who have ever attended notre dame, he is an outstanding player and it is true that he was a good leader on that team and brought that team together and helped to go to 12-0. now, how much of that might have been inspired by what might be a fake story or has definite
elements of being fake, you can't really quantify that but it could have been a factor. football is a very emotional game, and players and teams get energy from emotional issues. >> they certainly do. sportsman for the "honolulu star advertiser" dave reardon thank you for joining us >> thanks for having me. let's go back to the trouble surrounding lance armstrong. an hour ago the international olympic committee stripped the cyclist of his 2000 bronze medal, comes hours before we finally hear his admission to using performance-enhancing drugs. his two-and a half hour interview with oprah winfrey will be shown over the next two nights. george howell joins from us armstrong's home of austin, texas, good morning. >> reporter: carol, good morning. the loss of this medal is a big deal, it means the international olympic committee, they've looked over the information and as they see it, they decided to
take action, but really, carol, this is just the tip of the iceberg, when you think about the implications first of all this has on cycling, the international olympic committee according to one member may consider taking cycling out of the summer games once or twice, that's a big deal for cyclists who would like to be part of the olympics, not to mention for lance armstrong there will be lawsuits, depending on what he says, how he says it, there will be groups, sponsors that could decide to file suit against lance armstrong, could mean he loses a lot of money. think about this, he already may be in talks according to reports with the u.s. postal service about how much money he will pay back of that $30 million some that they sponsored him for. there is a loss of money there and he's also lost sponsored. he lost nike, anheuser-busch, these are big sponsors, big losses for him. here in austin when you talk to people, this is his hometown, i
know how important this city is to him and how big he was, has been to this city. there's a real mixed opinion about lance. some people see him as a hero for what he's done for cancer but many people see him as sort of a fraud or a villain. so it's really a loss of reputation as well and again, carol, we haven't heard exactly what he will say, how he will say it but we're seeing some agencies taking action, given what they expect to happen later today. >> george haul lorpg riff from austin, texas, this morning. the government releasing some key economic data, weekly jobless claims dropped by 37,000 last week, that's well below estimates and also a five-year low. also some good news in housing, housing starts for december surged 12%, staying with your money, the hits keep coming for boeing's dreamliner, the faa orders 787 dreamliners in the united states to remain on the tarmac, they grounded them. aviation authorities around the world are following suit.
alison kosik is at the new york stock exchange with boeing's coming financial woes because i don't think it can help it at this point. >> right now what it is bad news for boeing in the short term, carol, you look at what the stock did. investors are taking it on the chin, the stock taking a hit yesterday on this news that all nippon airways and japan airlines grounded its dreamliners. now shares of boeing are down 2% in the premarket so that's piling on that sort of taken on the chin effect. this is really the biggest setback for the new planes that began flying back in late 2001, but this is a plane that's really endured plenty of issues before. aviation experts believe the long-term fallout is limited. boeing says they are confident the 787 is safe and saying we stand behind its overall integrity. we will be taking every
necessary step in the coming days to assure our customers and the traveling public of the 787's safety and to return the air planes to service. all of the dreamliners, carol, that were in service, all 50 of them are no longer flying. boeing has over 800 firm orders for the dreamliner from various airlines. british airways is expecting to get its first dreamliner later this year. it issued a statement saying they remain committed to taking delivery of their first boeing 787 earlier this year. that's good news for boeing. >> alison kosik reporting live for the new york stock exchange. lebron james adds to his legend, last night he was the youngest nba player to reach 20,000 points in trademark fashion with a pullup jumper against golden state. at 28 days and 17 years old he beat kobe bryant's previous record by more than a year. he recorded his 5,000th career assist during the game, else'
the 13th player in league history with at least 20,000 points and 5,000 assists. wow! lance armstrong got us thinking about other cheaters in sports, politics and everyday life. why do we cheat? it's our talk back question today. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] some day, your life will flash before your eyes. ♪ make it worth watching. ♪ the new 2013 lexus ls. an entirely new pursuit. with fancy feast morningsls. gourmet cat food. (announcer) make mornings special, mornings are delicious protein rich entrees with garden veggies and egg. fancy feast mornings. the best ingredient is love.
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damaged in superstorm sandy will soon be returned to its former glory. the town of seaside heights approved a $3.6 million deal to rebuild the mile-long boardwalk by memorial day. construction said to begin within the next ten days and completed by may 10th. heavy rain causes flooding in tennessee, georgia and other parts of the south. cold front tonight could change the rain into snow. people are freaking out here. some forecasts are predicting one to four inches of snow from mississippi to north georgia and up to a foot of snow in the appalachians. pulling money out of the atm might get more precise. chase and pnc are dispensing the cash you need down to the dollar so there's no need to pull out 40 bucks when you only need 32. it's rolled out as many as 400 atms already and plans to double that by the end of the year. now is your chance to talk back on one of the stories of the day. the question for you this
morning, why do we cheat? lance armstrong has been stripped of his olympic medal, so was it worth it? why do so many take the easy way out? we've become a nation of cheaters, because cheaters win. >> i did take a banned substance, and you know, for that i'm very sorry, and deeply regretful. >> reporter: but alex rodriguez still gets to play for the team that boasted dimaggio and ruth and holds on to his $275 million contract. >> sometimes people who realize they won't be punished if they do something wrong will go ahead and do something wrong so there have to be consequences to the behavior for there to be a change in the behavior. >> reporter: ahh, consequences. yes bill clinton was impeached but got a standing "o" at the golden globes. it's no surprise mark sanford is back in the news. >> i've been unfaithful to my
wife. >> reporter: despite his teary confession he's now running for congress. martha stewart went to jail for insider trading but she and her inmate crocheted poncho bounced back with a tv show and a successful line of products for macy's. >> go, martha. >> reporter: cheaters never prosper, watch teenhollywood.com. >> did i ever consider cheating? honestly, yes. >> yes, i would, i would most definitely consider cheating. >> yes. >> reporter: these kids inadvertently promoted a hollywood movie about cheating on your s.a.t.s. the star, scarlet johansson. >> you want to steal the answers to the test. >> reporter: fantasy? no. i can't count how many stories i've done on cheating. many students would rather cheat than fail. this young woman who asked us not to use her name or university was a cheater.
>> a lot of students they feel very stressed and pressured and they kind of get cornered and they trap themselves or they mentally trap themselves and they feel like they have no other way out so then they cheat. >> reporter: that bring us back to lance armstrong, because it makes you wonder, did he cheat because he felt stressed or pressured or cornered or did that come later, when the money and the prestige started rolling in? tough question. talk back today, why do we cheat? facebook.com/carolcnn or tweet me @carolcnn. reducing gun violence will be on the agenda today when vice president joe biden speaks to several mayors across the country. coming up a chat with philadelphia mayor michael nutter. stress sweat. it can happen any time, to anyone!
good morning. i'm carol costello. stories we're watching right now in "the newsroom" at 30 minutes past the hour, wall street preparing to open for the trading day. futures are indicating a slightly higher open. investigators watching economic reports including the positive housing data that came out earlier today and work corporate earnings. speaking of earnings a big miss for citigroup as the bank reported it brought in $2.2 billion in the fourth quarter, that number is actually well below estimates. bank of america, though, stopped industry estimates with $36 million last quarter. the bank did get dinged by the $12 billion settlement with
fannie mae over faulty home lones. president obama directed b. todd jones to be the secretary of the atf. the senate hasn't confirmed a permanent atf director in years. strengthening the atf is part president obama's new gun regulation plan. mark sanford is running for his old seat. his extramarital affair became public in 2009. sanford says he deserves a second chance. >> u.s. senators retire every 1,000 years or something. he retires, the governor happens to pick the guy who was in the seat that i used to hold and so there's been these strange opening of doors and i don't know exactly what it means but we'll find out in nine weeks. >> you can hear more from mark
sanford tonight at 9:00 p.m. eastern. pier piers morgan will have him on as a guest. the olympic committee is stripping lance armstrong of his medal of the 2000 games in sydney, more fallout from his reported confession to doping which we will learn more about when armstrong's interview with oprah airs. remember he's been stripped of his tour de france titles, let's take you to france to hear people there are reacting on the phone with us is cnn's zain verjee. she's in a town just outside of paris, so i'm ready, hit me. i'm sure it's not going to be good. >> reporter: bon jour. it's 3:00 a.m., that's oprah's interview. lot of people i talked to said they're not staying up for it, they don't care and they're fed up with the whole armstrong story. i asked this one woman are you going to watch, she said
[ speaking in french ] "when is it?" they are going to try to watch online but most people say they just want him to go away, they want the story to die down but they don't really care about the oprah interview. carol? >> what about the tour de france, is it affecting that, i'm sure it's affecting that race. what do they say about that? >> reporter: well, they feel at some point the integrity of the tour de france, though it's been shattered for now, because of the whole armstrong debackle that down the road they hope the image will be restored. people i talked to said it doesn't matter how much armstrong confesses or apologizes. the damage has been done. i was at the eiffel tower and talked to a bunch of people, he's just human. people make mistakes so there was much more sympathy than i expected there would be from so many people here i talked to. there was one person that said that he sympathizes with lance armstrong and said look, the
guy's lost everything, he's lost his fame, lost his money, lost his prestige. what more can be done to him? it's over. but i think that one of the things that stood out for me for many people was saying that you know he just really was a great role model and he made the tour de france the last seven years and it's just unfortunate that this happened. >> i think question all agree with that. zain verjee reporting live from outside of paris this morning. reducing gun violence will be on the agenda when vice president joe biden speaks to several hundred mayors across the country. coming up philadelphia's mayor michael nutter. you paid...wow. hmmm. let's see if walmart can help you find the same look for less. okay. see? walmart has all these leading eyewear brands and styles. rockstar! really? yeah. oh, wow! oh, black frame looks good on you. yeah? you can get a complete pair starting at just -- $38. really?! and did you know that our glasses come with a free 12-month replacement guarantee? i didn't know walmart had all this. the price is impressive, the quality is too! come to walmart and see for yourself. find rollbacks on the contact lenses you want.
30 minutes past the hour. month after the newtown shooting massacre president obama signed 19 executive actions aimed at reducing gun violence, some would need congressional approval, others would not. they include a universal background check on all gun sales, making federal rules for returning seized guns to their owners, reviewing federal safety standards for gun locks and safes, directing the centers for disease control to study gun violence, and clarifying that the affordable care act does not bar doctors from asking their patients about guns in their homes. sounds like a whole lot of bureaucracy, right? kentucky senator rand paul tells fox news that if the president signs these executive actions, he'll be acting like a king and paul wants congress to walk them back. >> do we have a bill we're going to introduce early next week and in this bill we will nullify anything the president does that smacks of legislation, and there are several of the executive orders that appear as if he's
writing new law, that cannot happen. we struck down once, the court struck clinton down for trying this, and i'm afraid that president obama may have this king complex sort of developing and we're going to make sure that it doesn't happen. >> paul didn't specify which of the executive actions he thinks ought to be enacted rather by congress, or what other king-like actions the president might be considering. the president's top lieutenant of the gun control debate will address several hundred mayors about the issues and he'll do that in washington today. vice president joe biden said to speak at the u.s. conference of mayors just about four hours from now, when that happens, cnn will bring it to you live. the president of that group, that mayor's group is philadelphia mayor michael nutter. he's a big obama supporter and during an appearance before a u.s. house committee nutter slammed the nra for this ad that criticizes the president for not wanting to put armed guards in schools while his own daughters get secret service protection. mayor nutter joins me now from
washington. welcome, mr. mayor. >> good morning, carol, how are you? >> what did you object to in that nra ad? >> for those of us in the political business, generally it's been pretty much an unwritten but understood rule that family and children are out of bounds, that you don't attack someone's family, if you want to attack the candidate or the elected official, certainly that's your prerogative but generally family has been considered off limits, and that doesn't add anything to legitimate dialogue that really needs to take place on the issues of public safety and gun regulations. >> although some people are also criticizing president obama for surrounding himself with children, when he held his news conference on his gun control plans yesterday. should children be used in that instance? >> i don't think those children were "used." they were there at an event, they wrote letters to the
president. he talked about the letters that they wrote. they're very concerned that something as horrific as newtown, connecticut, or things that happened on the streets in philadelphia, chicago, new york, washington, any city in america, could possibly happen to them, and i thought the president gave them a voice in this conversation. often the adults seem to forget that children care about these issues as well. >> but you know, some might argue that the children didn't actually need to be present, perhaps the reading of the letters would have been enough. >> you know, some might argue whatever they want to argue. the children were there, it was a very powerful experience yesterday. i was there. it was more than appropriate. >> just this week you announced an interesting plan to put financial pressure on gunmakers and sellers by putting requirements on companies that would invest in your city's pension funds. tell me how that would work. >> actually it's kind of the other way around, and it really
is about providing a more proactive and progressive method of engaging with the gun manufacturers and distributors, retailers, that you have a certain standard of business practices and so we want to encourage what i'm trying to encourage is changes in some of their policies or standards or the way they operate, that they might actually invest more in what some call the smart gun technology, technology in the hands for guns and ammunition, they support the universal background check system that we make sure that those who should not have firearms, whether it's children, unless they're authorized or those with mental health challenges, again, unless authorized or criminals, domestic or international terrorists do not get guns in their hands. this is really more about corporate policy, corporate good behavior and in some instances cities like mine and many
others, our pension funds make investments in a wide variety of areas, directly or indirectly in companies that are related to the gun industry, and those who would be in compliance we would continue to support. >> let's say if walmart wanted to invest in your pension fund, would you say well before you can do that, you have to agree to these specific things concerning guns. >> i was going to explain it goes the other way. walmart doesn't invest in us, we are the investor in them. >> got you, sorry about that. >> it's okay. we would say like a better business bureau, corporate practices, these are the kinds of things we'd like to you adhere to. they have actually updated their own policies often in the aftermath of these horrific incidents. if they were to comply, fine, if not, certainly we would explore our various options as it relates to how we invest our public dollars in a variety of companies. >> mayor nutter, thank you so much for being with us this
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joins us from new york, so the festival has a history of award winning films. what's on tap? >> they have a good record. there are a couple of great films, the "new york times" was talking about three comedies. i'll have the details on the films coming up in the next hour. as far as foretelling what happens in the awards season the following year, this year we have the academy award best picture nominee "beasts of the southern wild" with our favorite new access quvenzhane walis. films from last year's festival 13 oscars including all five nominees in the documentary feature area. you look at some of the past sundance award winners you certainly know that have done well in awards season like "the blair witch project" "reservoir dogs" "little miss sunshine"
"sex, lies and videotape" and all directors who got their big breaks at the sundance film festival so of course we're wondering which films will come out of the festival this year and make it big. carol, our nischelle turner will be covering the great new movies in utah and what a backdrop, a beautiful place. >> i've only been there once but it is gorgeous. let's talk about al pacino's latest role, interesting. >> yes, al is going to be starring in a film adaptation of "the new york times" best seller paterno and the working title of the film is "happy valley." it's going to cover the end of joe paterno's life as the sandusky scandal unraveled his career, made paterno the winningest coach in college football, lead up to the time of his death and a great role for pacino to play and what's interesting to note the film
will reunite him with brian dapalma who directed him in "starface" carol that film came out, are you ready, 30 years ago this year. >> my gosh, actually i was just watching it on tv the other day, isn't that strange? >> and it holds up. >> it does. >> what a great gangster film. >> a.j. hammer many thanks. the government announces new rules for mortgage lenders but some critics say the measures don't go far enough to protect you. ♪
47 minutes past the hour. time to check our top stories. north africa the fate of several americans remains unknown. there's an ongoing hostage situation happening there, that's all we know. islamic militants have taken responsibility for seizing westerners in yesterday's attack at a remote gas plant partly owned by bp. it's believed three americans are being held oesage there. a theater in aurora, colorado, opens tonight, it will start with a night of remembrance. the governor of colorado and the mayor of aurora are expected to speak. officials say this is a way of moving forward, but some victim's families say the theater is being insensitive, they're boycotting the event. boeing's newest plane grounded, government aviation authorities in the united
states, europe, japan and india will not allow the 787 dreamliners to fly until a fire risk involving the plane's batteries is fixed. several air carriers had various problems with their 787 jets over the past ten days. the government is announcing new rules for mortgage providers today, aimed at protecting you homeowners who are facing foreclosure but some consumer groups say the new regulations don't go far enough. alison kosik is at the new york stock exchange. tell us more. >> these consumer advocates, coral, what they wanted to see was these rules sort of go one step further and force banks to lower rates on loans or have banks postpone foreclosure, but the new rules for the consumer financial protection bureau they should prevent foreclosures happening too quickly or unnecessarily. some of the highlights they'll give borrowers time to modify their loans. banks don't begin the foreclosure process if the borrower is in the middle of
trying to get a loan modification and borrowers have to be delinquent for four months before banks can file the first foreclosure notice. the rules are trying to make foreclosure the last trying to other options first. these new rules force barvegs to actually make some employee available to help homeowners avoid foreclosure on their home and call for clear mortgage statements. again, you know, it's all about avoiding these unnecessary foreclosures and giving delinquent homeowners a chance to get back on track. so many times these banks have been quick on the trigger. they are saying let's hit the pause button before they kick everybody out of their homes. >> alison kosik live from the new york stock exchange. talk back question is, why do we cheat? facebook.com/carol.
in light of what's happening with lance armstrong, our talk back question of the day, why do we cheat in we cheat because we tell ourselves everyone else is doing the same or worse. this is is from william. because no one is talking about honor and what it really means. >> the u.s. loves to forgive people. we love people to find the right path on the road to redemption. and dale said, because there's
big money in cheating and getting away with it. and from karen, we cheat because we are sinners by nature in choice. however, recognizing it is wrong or sinful should cause us to reject cheating and teach our children not to cheat. go to facebook.com/carolcnn. don't miss a special newsroom event today at 3:00 p.m. with brooke baldwin. i'll be right back. [ male announcer ] it's called ocuvite. a vitamin totally dedicated to your eyes, from the eye care experts at bausch + lomb. as you age, eyes can lose vital nutrients. ocuvite helps replenish key eye nutrients. ocuvite has a unique formula not found in your multivitamin to help protect your eye health. now that's a pill worth taking. [ male announcer ] ocuvite. help protect your eye health.
lebron james has celebrated at the olympic gold med lal lift and sportsman of the year. now add this to the list. lebron became the youngest player in history to reach 20,000 points. he hit another career milestone. this is number 5,000. it took him 26 games to reach 20,000 points, just in case you want to know. will chamberlain still holds the record for the few west names to get there. philadelphia eagles have their man. chip kelly will be the head coach. he had interviews with buffalo after the fiesta bowl win but announced he was going back to for or. apparently he had a change of heart and decided to go to
philly. >> it's going to be like that, huh? ah. someone wants to play. >> just trying to keep up with the old guy, you know. >> dude, is that your real hair? >> love that commercial, don't you? it looked like they were having a good time making this new nike commercial together. only problem is, they were not together. due to scheduling conflicts, they could not be available on the same day so shot their individual parts in different places and tv made the magic happen. that's a look at sports this morning. the next video may be tough to watch if you're claustrophobic. a woman in portland, oregon, fell between two walls and got stuck there for two hour. here's cnn jeanne moos. >> reporter: imagine be trapped here, a tiny space between two walls? why imagine? just look at this woman wedged
between two buildings as rescuers tried to cut through a wall to get her out. she was apparently on this second floor roof, often used as a smoking area when king heard her yelling for help at 3:30 in the morning. >> she's climbing on the wall. why are you climbing on the wall at this time anyway. >> reporter: falls between the exterior walls of the two building. firemen pulled down a section of wall and inserted air bags to widen the space. >> they are using that bottle there and that's luke can't to try to make her more slippery. >> reporter: rescuers estimate the space she was in measured a mere eight inches or so. >> she wouldn't turn her head but she could breathe. >> reporter: about 3 1/2 hours into the ordeal, kptv revealed good news. >> oh, i see her hand. i believe i see her hand with a glove. >> reporter: at one point there
were two rescuers in the hole. lieutenant rick chapman is the one that she talked to. >> mainly that she was cold. she was in good spirit the whole time, a real trooper. >> reporter: he used siz sors to pull and tug and body part by body part she emerged. it looked like a birth. >> she was relieved. she was pushing and trying to get her hand out. >> when she got that last foot, he sh looked over and said, i'm coming out. >> and she's out. >> reporter: delivered to safety after four hours. her husband was on hand and he delivered a couple of kisses before he was wheeled off. her glasses survived the fall so at least this wallflower could see the jam that she was in. is that the sound of rescue equipment or the thump of her heart? jeanne moos, cnn, new york.
the next hour of cnn "newsroom" starts right now. stories we're watching in the newsroom, a officer rose shous football player bruised and battered by the dying girlfriend that never existed? some are expressing their outrage. >> i've been watching the children as human shields show that is now going on at the white house. >> not the only one. why this scene at the white house is is some serious and why they are taking aim at president obama's agenda. i hope you like your job because you might be there until you're 70. and the great python hunt is on. we'll tell you which florida lawmaker is getting in on this
is a far ree. this is cnn breaking news. >> all right. we have breaking news to report on that hostage situation in algeria. militants kidnapped up to 27 people, workers for the natural gas company, bp. we believe that three americans were held hostage. at some point today, the algerian military raided the kidnappers compound, wherever they were holding them hostage, and the algeria state-run television station is reporting that four hostages have been freed. two british citizens, one french citizen, and one kenyan citizen. they say nothing about the americans being held captive but they do say there are a number of casualties. pentagon correspondent chris lawrence is with me to tell us more. what were you able to find out, chris? >> that it's simply a chaotic
situation. that's how it was described during an interview. officials in both the state department and the pentagon say it is very, very difficult to get a handle exactly on what is going on. they know that an operations ongoing by the algerian security forces but as to the numbers of dead, of wounded, how many kidnappers there are still in there, how many hostages, especially american hostages are still left in there, all of that really is in flux and i would really be hesitant to try to get pinned down on specifics at this point. from all accounts of everything that we've heard, the situation is very fluid and chaotic right now. >> i know you're going to keep an eye on it. if you find out anything else, please tell us. chris lawrence reporting live for us this morning. now what may be the most shocking death of someone who never existed, new questions about notre dame football star man
manti te'o. who's the real victim of this hoax? te'o or those that feel duped? >> the most beautiful girl that i've ever met. not because of her physical beauty but the beauty of her character and who she is. she was just the person that i turned to. >> cnn ted rowlands is covering this riveting story. any worth on hearing from ta you today. >> reporter: the university is under the assumption that he will come forward and speak somehow in the few days. nothing in terms of details, what is he going to do, a single
interview. the bottom line is, there are a lot of unanswered questions. one thank we know for sure, the folks here at notre dame are standing by their star football player. university director of net ter dame jack swarbrick is convinced that this was a hoax. >> reporter: enduring the death of his girlfriend and grandmother on the same day transcended sports. people from around the world were touched by how in love te'o seemed to be with lennay kekua,
his soul mate. >> six hours ago i found out my grandmother passed away and you take the love of my life. >> reporter: on the day of his girlfriend's sposed funeral, te'o played football. after the game, brian kelly actually awarded the game ball to the girl we now know doesn't exist. >> we now award this ball to lennay and i'd like manti to have this ball to take away. >> reporter: notre dame kept the truth under wraps despite the fact that the media was still telling the story. >> from the outset, we established a parameter that this was manti's story to tell. we it was his to tell. >> reporter: many people in including one of the reporters who broke the hoax story doesn't think te'o's story doesn't added
a up. >> he's completely innocent. >> reporter: what still isn't clear, is why didn't manti te'o ever mention that he never met lennay when he talked about her, and if it wasn't true, why didn't he correct it? and how could he have been so in love with someone he had never actually met face-to-face? >> you know, i think as manti tells the story, you'll see the same thing that i saw, that it does fully line up. >> reporter: manti te'o has released a statement. a portion of that statement reads, talking about his girlfriend, we maintained what i thought to be an authentic relationship by communicating frequently online and on the phone and i grew to care deeply about her. to realize that i was the victim of what was apparently someone's sick joke and constant lies was, and is, painful and humiliating.
carol, the bottom line here, there are still a lot of questions that people have for man tie te'o. >> so many questions. ted rowlands reporting live for us this morning. in half an hour, we'll speak with a sports journalist. the teammate says te'o lied but the media blew that up. more trouble around lance armstrong. stripped from his bronze medal, he took third place in the individual time trial at the 200 olympics in sydney, australia. the ioc is asking him to return that medal. he's completed in three olympic games. this comes hours before we finally hear lance armstrong's reported admission to using performance enhancing drugs. the 2 1/2 hour interview will be shown over the next two nights.
peter flax is editor-in-chief of bicycling magazine. how are you? >> good morning. i'm okay. at least lance can feel like he has the second strangest sports story of the day. >> i never thought anything could outshadow the lance armstrong story but i was wrong. >> it's a strange day. >> lance armstrong has been asked to give back his bronze medal. do you suppose that the olympic committee will say eventually give back all of your medals? >> i think this is the only olympic medal he will have to give back although he competed in multiple games. i think there is the only one that they are going to ask for and one of the ironies, the man who got the silver medal and the person who came in fourth who presumably would get bronze are already people who have been convicted or implicated in
doping scandals. so the whole thing is is pretty messy. >> wow. so there is a real possibility that cycling may be dropped as an olympic sport, at least for a time? >> that's one i find hard to believe. it seems like today's amateur athletes that are much cleaner than the athletes that were in lance armstrong's time isn't the solution and i suspect they will work something out and set it up. >> what do up want to hear tonight when you sit down and watch armstrong's interview? >> i think a lot of the little details of when he makes admissions and when he acknowledges the collateral damage he caused to people who were close to him and how earnest he seems about, you know, it must be an enormous struggle for him to stand in front of oprah and the nation and explain what he did but a lot of the little details of whether he can actually say sorry, whether he can actually see like he fathoms the problems he caused. you know, that's the stuff i'll
be looking for. >> you love the sport of cycling. you've built your life around the sport of cycling. aren't you angry? >> oh, sure. sure. there's so many emotions happening at once for people that are in love with the sport. you know, it's a heartbreaking moment to see the person that's widely thought of as the greatest american cyclist of all time having to go before oprah and breakdown and cry to admit sins that a lot of us already knew for years that he had committed. so it's a strange night for sure. >> peter flax, editor-in-chief of "cycling" magazine, thanks for being here. >> good to be here. >> cheating athletes, americans, i'll take a closer look at why we cheat. it's our talk back question today. and today at 3:00 p.m. eastern, a special report, the
psychology and science behind cheating. join brooke baldwin right here on cnn. the overall death right from cancer in the united states has dropped 20% from more than 20 years ago. this new report coming from the american cancer society. that means nearly 1.2 million cancer deaths have been prevented in that time. the report also projects there will be 1.6 million new cancer cases this year. but overall cancer cases are declining for most types of cancer. what does this all mean? with me now is chief medical officer and executive vice president of the american cancer society. welcome, doctor. >> hello. how are you? >> so these figures, they are just released this morning and you must be feeling good. >> this is really good news. you can look at survival by the number of people getting cancer
a you can see, since survival is increasing we must be doing something well but you can also debate that. nobody can debate it when the number of people dying is actually going down. 1.2 million people alive today that wouldn't have gotten cancer. >> what type of cancer are we talking about? >> most cancers, especially the big ones. half of all people who get cancer get lung cancer, pancreas cancer, or breast cancer. they are all going down. they are all going down by more than 30%, as a matter of fact. >> wow. so is it that fewer people are getting those types of cancer or is it just we've advanced so far in medical technology that we're able to take care of them? >> in the case of long and colorectal cancer, it's going down. lung cancer is going down because the smoking cessation
from the '50s and 60s is actually going down by now. finding polyps before they become cancer. in other diseases such as breast and prostate cancer, it's very likely that we have improvements in early detection as well as in how we treat the disease. >> still a long way to go? >> there's a lot we can still do. the report actually shows that we can save a lot more lives if we simply started doing what we know we should be doing. >> and just give us one simple example. >> we need to start fighting obesity epidemic. obesity causes cancer as well as cardiovascular disease. i cannot leave without saying that 20% of americans still smoke. >> it's so unnecessary. >> there is no such thing as legitimate use of tobacco. >> doctor, thanks so much for being with us. we appreciate it. >> thank you.
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17 minutes past the hour. time to check the top stories. the nightmare continues for boeing for the 787 dreamliner. it's been ordered to stay on the tarmac. planes will not be cleared for takeoff until there is proof that the lithium batteries are safe. a new jersey boardwalk damaged by superstorm sandy will soon be back to its former glory. the $3.6 million deal has been
made to rebuild the boardwalk by memorial day. the construction is said to begin within ten days. it's not just 10s and 20s anymore. chase and pnc banks are launching cash machines that can dispense the money you need down to the dollar so when you need 54 bucks, you won't need to get out 60. chase has already started to put those machines on the street and plans to double that number by the end of the year. an influential business group thinks you should be working until you hit 70. yes, you would not be able to retire with social security benefits until the age of 7-0, 70. alison kosik is at the new york stock exchange. i think many of us were expecting this to happen. >> not a huge surprise. especially what is known as the business round table. it's a group made up of more than 200 ceos, including the heads of some of the biggest companies in this country.
a small sampling for you includes the new yahoo! chief executive, jamie dimon of jpmorgan chase and it's a group that's been around for 40 years and it's founded on the belief that businesses should play an active role in this. they want to raise from 67 to 70. you would be exempt if you're 55 and older so it would have time to settle in. the round table says it will ensure that social security and medicare are solvent. that's the reason for behind the suggestion of moving the retirement age higher. by switching to what is 911 at
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the question for you this morning, why do we cheat? lance armstrong has been stripped of his olympic medal. so was it worth it? why do so many people take the easy way out? we've become a nation of cheaters because cheaters win. >> i took a banned substance and for that i'm very sorry and deeply regretful. >> but alex rodriguez still gets to play for the team and hold on to his $275 million contract. >> sometimes people who realize they won't be punished if they do something wrong will go ahead and do something wrong. there have to be consequences to the behavior for there to be a change in the behavior. >> ah, consequences. yes, bill clinton was impeached but got a standing o at the golden gloe golden globes. it's no surprise that mark sanford is back in the news. despite his teary confession,
he's now running for congress. martha stewart went to jail for insider training but she and her inmate bounced back with a tv show with a successful line for macy's. cheaters never prosper? right. watch teenhollywood.com. >> did i ever consider cheating? honestly, yes. >> yes, i would. i would most definitely consider cheating. >> these kids inadvertently promoted a hollywood movie about cheating on your s.a.t.s. the star, scarlett johansson. >> you want to steal the answer to the test? >> fantasy? no. i can't count how many news stories i've done on kids cheating. look at the word. cheater. it's awful. but educators say that many kids would rather cheat than fail. this young woman who asked us not to use her name or university was a cheater.
>> a lot of students feel very stressed and pressured and get cornered and trap themselves. they mentally trap themselves and feel like they have no other way out. so then they cheat. >> that brings us back to lance armstrong because it makes you wonder, did he cheat because he felt stressed or pressured or cornered or did that come later when the money and prestige started rolling in. so the talk back question today, why do we cheat? facebook.com/carolcnn or you can tweet me @carolcnn. also today at 3:00 p.m. eastern, a special report with more on the psychology and science behind cheating. multi-car, paid in full -- a most fulsome bounty indeed, lord jamie. thou cometh and we thy saveth! what are you doing? we doth offer so many discounts, we have some to spare.
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just about 30 minutes past the hour. thank you for being with us. new developments out of north africa minutes ago. algeria state-run news agency say no americans were among the hostages just released. cnn cannot independently confirm this report and it's still not clear how many americans are morning the oil workers or the natural gas workers captured by islamic militants yesterday. dennis mcdonough will be the topic for chief of staff. kids and politics. normally the only time you see politicians showcasing children is during the campaign. but not today.
not after sandy hook. kids stood behind the president as he unveiled his gun control proposals. those who propose any gun regulations were incensed by that. rush limbaugh calling those children, in his words, human shields. and the reaction from rick perry wasn't much better. perry said in part, the piling on by the political left and their cohorts in the media to use a pre-existing political agenda that would not have saved those children disgusts me. the nra, too, specifically the president's children, to illustrate what he calls elitist hypocrisy. the obama administration called that repug nant and cowardly. maria kor don't na and will cane are joining us. welcome to both of you. >> thank you, carol. >> maria, the president highlighted one little girl in
particular. her name is julia stokes. she's 7 years old. she wrote this moving letter telling the she was afraid to lose her brother and sisters and rush limbaugh mocked her and the other children in attendance. >> i've been watching the children as human shields show that is now going on at the white house. boy, these guys are somber. biden was very somber. would have thought -- i've worked with this guy 27 hours a day. president barack obama. yay. the kids cheer. the president starts reading letters from the kids, got to do what the kids want, got to answer all of the letters from santa claus. got to do everything they want. but it is -- it's stunning. you look at what's happening in
the country. >> should kids be in a position to be mocked, maria? >> certainly i agree that limbaugh is limbaugh and no matter what president obama does, he's going to be against it. let's put that out front. i think we need to be very careful about using kids in politics and to seemingly advance a political agenda like rush limbaugh said. but let's also keep in mind that this event that happened in newtown happened to children. it's a very defining event in the collective soul and consciousness, not just of adults but of our children, carol. what parent in this country did not have to sit down with their children and i think will agrees with me on this point, to explain to them what happened. he's got kids. i've got kids. everybody with kids had to explain to them what happened. if my children then said to me,
well, i would like to write president obama, whoever the president might be at the time, to tell them what i think and what i'm feeling, i would be absolutely okay with that. if the parents are okay with having their children be voices for, frankly, a group of americans who hardly ever do have voices, i am absolutely fine with that. if the parents are okay with that, i think it should be okay. >> this isn't the first time president obama has included children in a milestone moment. in 2010 the president signed his health care bill into law with an 11-year-old boy by his side. that boy's mother died without health insurance. will, in this case was that appropriate? >> no. i cannot find an ounce of appropriateness. i find it despicable. this is why. it's part of a larger narrative which president obama explicitly stated yesterday and impuning the motives. it's draping yourself in the emotionalness of the debate. avoiding the policy debate and
impuning others. he said that there will be others that say they are doing it for money. for anyone that doesn't care about these children, only out here to be a mouthpiece of the nra or to seek some kind of money, it is showing, in the end -- this is what it shows, the inherent intellectual weakness in the argument being put forward. the inherent policy weakness of what is being suggested. just deal with it in a rational level. >> okay. so we're talking about dealing with this in an intellectual way, the nra ad using obama's children to make a point. maria in. >> to use will's word, that is absolutely despicable. the children of president, the spouses of presidents,
president's families are off limits and so i think the majority of americans believe that ad was absolutely d despicable. i think bringing into this the effect that this event had on children is something that we have to think about. and, frankly, majority of americans, including gun owners, believe that we do have to do more in term of sensible regulations and making sure that we do anything and everything that we can for this not to happen again and a lot of opponents, not even all republicans or nra members because that's not the case, a lot of the opponents for any measure here are going to be using that argument that it is a weak intellectual argument. no. let's talk about what can be done, if anything can be done. we should be doing it to keep this from happening again. >> and will, you know, i've never objected to a little
emotion and argument. you kind of needy motion to get the argument going, to get people talking about it. because not everybody wants to. >> no. you know, you and i had that debate recently, carol. i don't feel like emotion has place in a debate because emotion doesn't encourage debate. it shuts it down. it's quick emotional reactions. i don't see any room in a debate for us to endulg our most base of emotions. when the president is doing that, he's encouraging you to feel your way through this debate, not think. every one of these proposals, i've talked to you about them and others, if you had a magic wand and waved in everything that was proposed yesterday, you are not going to positively affect gun violence in the united states. >> that's absolutely not true. because some of the proposals -- >> we'll have to come back another day. i've got to wrap it up. thank you so much for the interesting conversation today. a notre dame teammate of
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inside the notre dame locker room, there were whispers months before it was and deadspin.com. that teammate spoke with jackie pepper. good morning. >> carol, how are you? >> i'm good. who is that teammate and what did he say? >> reporter: good luck on getting me to name the source there. not going to happen. this is a teammate who was skeptical and said many people in that locker room -- after the michigan state game which coincided with the death of manti's grabbed mother and girlfriend, be that something seemed fishy. once it came out in the media that both had died around the same time, he started to woer and i asked him, did you not know the girlfriend had died until you saw him discuss it in the press? and he said that was correct, that his own teammates did not know that the star of their team had a dead girlfriend until they
saw it on the news themselves and that was a turning point for them. >> didn't they find it strange all along that they never saw this woman? >> they said that they knew that he had met her one time which alludes to the time that manti says that he met her after a stanford game in palo alto. so they just took his word for it. this is the star of your team, he's a senior. why wouldn't you believe someone that you spend so much time with. their ears perked up, it was one coincidence after another and it seemed is suspicious to them. >> the university conducts this big investigation. it claims that it knew about all of this on, what, december 26th? the heisman trophy was awarded on december 7th. you know what these people are saying, this guy came in second and that he supposedly let this story go on and on, even when he knew that this woman didn't exist to create sympathy for the
heisman voters. do you think that's possible? >> i mean, i think to most rational people, no. that's not possible and it's not logical but there are all types of weird motivations for people out there and this player i spoke with did give manti the benefit of the doubt and thinks originally his teammate was scammed by somebody pretending to be this woman online, pretending to die, et cetera, et cetera but he doesn't know when manti knew but knows that he perpetuated the lie at some point during this whole ordeal and it's sad to think that someone would do that for sympathy for a heisman trophy. as bad as this is, the only person manti hurt was him himself and his teammates. good thing he didn't win the heisman. >> just in fairness to him, i might not come out publicly and
say, i was in love with a woman that never existed. that would be embarrassing. maybe it's as simple as that. >> a lot of people are embarrassed to say they met someone online and especially if you are living this lie and you feel deceived. somebody asked me, how could he have faked those emotions if this was a lie and the only plausible explanation i could think of was that if he did feel like he had been duped, then maybe he really did suffer a loss, not the kind of loss he was leading the public to believe but emotionally if you lose someone who you thought you were in love with, you lose them whether they never existed in the first place. i think that is aossibility. >> that is something to wrap your head around. jackie pepper from pepperonsports.com. >> thank. have a great one. >> you, too. yeah, this is pretty good.
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45 minutes past the hour. the white house is meeting to discuss the developing hostage situation in algeria. algeria state media says four hostages have been freed by the algerian military following an islamic military attack on a gas field. there is an operation going on but details are so unclear. the fate of the american hostages are still unknown.
senator bill nelson is joining the python challenge today. nelson has been out spoken on the issue of the gigantic reptiles and at one point brought some skin to a committee hearing. experts are either shooting or decan cap stating the exotic snakes. vice president joe biden is set to speak in washington at the u.s. mayor conference. gun control will be on agenda. i spoke with mayor michael nutter. he wasn't happy about the criticism of president obama. >> for those of us in the political business, generally it's been pretty much an unwritten but understood rule that family and children are out of bounds, that you don't attack
someones family. if you want to attack the candidate or the elected official, certainly that is your prerogative. generally family is considered off limits and that ad doesn't add anything to legitimate dialogue. the theater in arourora, cowe colorado is reopening tonight. it's a way to help the community move forward. i talked with a victim earlier this week. >> they didn't contact just directly, they went through another organization to invite us and the family -- we got together and chatted about it and decided that it wasn't appropriate for us to attend. >> and you also suggested that
other family of victims and other victims boycott this special evening. >> yeah. we talked a little bit to some of the other families and agreed with them that this was not really the best way to handle the situation. >> all right. i'm joined now on the phone by cnn's jim spellman. he's in aurora today. what exactly is on tap? >> well, yesterday and today they allowed family members to come and tour the theater. they did renovations in there. they haven't let the press in. we don't know what kind of changes they made. they renamed theater 9 and named it theater h. beyond that, we don't know how they changed it. the city had a poll in the fall asking people what they wanted done with the theater. overwhelmingly, people said reopen it.
this is a commercial place. this is is not something like a school where there is a community around it and they say it's inappropriate to be reopening. they feel they are just in it for the money. so it will be interesting to see how many people actually show up for this and going forward what the interest level is. carol, i spoke with somebody who is -- they call themselves james holmes' fans and some of them think he's not guilty or they just support him and they put a rally around him on facebook. some of them plan ongoing as soon as this is reopened to the public and for family members, this is disturbing to have people there where their loved ones dies. >> it's more than disturbing. it's actually kind of sick. what movies are they going to show? it makes you wonder which they will choose. >> yeah. they haven't told us what movie they are going to show. they haven't told us if it will become a regular theater.
it seems like it will be like commodity and regular movie. they are definitely orchestrating this event very closely sole it will be interesting. that's one of the key problems that these family members have. is it appropriate for people to go in there and see action movies where there is on-screen violence or even appropriate for people to see comedy, right there sitting in the seats and same place where this horror happened? >> it's a tough one. it's a really tough one. jim spellman reporting live from aurora this morning. michael bloomberg reacts to president obama's gun plan. we'll see that at 8:00 p.m. in a ann anderson cooper primetime exclusive. ♪ ♪
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if you can make it at sundance, shot is you have a chance at making it at the box office, the academy awards. only special people are invited. "showbiz tonight" a.j. hammer joins us from new york. good morning. >> good morning, karm. you can go to the festival if you want. the nice thing about this festival, like most film festivals, you find something for every film fan. you have the film that is the steve jobs pick which stars ashton kutcher. and there is don john' addiction.
a pornography with joseph gordon leavitt and scarlett johansson. and naomi watts and robin wright, and they wonder if the story lines who starts sexual relationships with each other's sons is going to be creepy or a favorite. of course it could be both. >> i thought it was going to be a heartwarming movie. >> exactly. love lace which we've talked about, a dark look at the porn movie "deep throat" stars peter scarsguard and james franco is also in this. there are a couple of small films. i want to put the names out there. maybe you'll remember these names. you have blue caprice, a psychological drama based on the beltway sniper attack and ain't
them body saints about a texas outlaw and also, carol, as always, good documentaries, one including a film called "manhunt." i have a feeling you'll be hearing a lot about that. >> i'm getting over "the best of the southern wild" was last year and this year it could be "deep throat". >> variety is the spice of life. oh, thinking of spice, please share beyonce. >> oh, yes. let's talk beyonce. she's got a pretty great award and apparently gq doesn't seem to care that there are 987 years left in this particular millen yeah because they have named her miss millennium. they are ready to call it right now for her. they put a pit tell on it. if it gets publicity, chance to put beyonce on their cover. and they also say this is one of
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